The Bengal Tiger

Did you know

The word tiger comes from the Persian word tigris which means arrow. This refers to there great speed when hunting. Stripes are like fingerprints. Every tigers' stripe patterns are different.

Bengal Tigers facing extinction

Tigers are dying at an immense rate, and need help to avoid extinction. Three of the nine tiger subspecies have all gone extinct, and all in the twentieth century. The remaining six are all endangered. Hunting and forest reduction have caused the tiger populations to steadily decrease. Tigers are hunted as trophies, but some parts of them are used for Chinese medicine. We are forced to help them by putting up laws to stop poaching, and we are putting many tigers into protected areas. There are more Tigers in captivity than in the wild, and without humans protecting them they would be much closer to extinction. There are only about 2,000 Bengal Tigers remaining. Many ways people can help is to not buy tiger furs, or to donate money to zoos that help abused animals. Tigers need help or else they are going to go extinct.

Diet

Tiger's are carnivores which means they only eat meat. They will eat everything they can kill. Tiger's are nocturnal, because their camouflage works better at night, and they have great night vision; almost 6 times better than humans. Tiger's hunt like lions, because they use camouflage then they ambush their prey. They have to rely on the ambush because they aren't very fast. They usually eat deer, wild boar, antelope, buffalo, guar. livestock, peafowl, monkeys, civets, porcupines, monitor lizards, crocodiles, pythons, and even small elephants or rhinos. In times of desperation they will try to take another tigers kill, but they will often get injured in the process.

Size

A tiger is a big cat. The Siberian Tiger is the heaviest of all tigers weighing up to 660 lbs. The Bengal tiger can be anywhere between 240 to 550 lbs. A tigers head and body can be 5 to 6 feet long with a tail being between 2 to 3 feet. They also have the largest brain size, about 25% bigger than the lions which is second. Their physical ability and brains give them a leg up over any other big cat.